Singapore Grand Prix: All you need to know about the race at Marina Bay
12:39 GMT, 19 September 2012
As the only night race on the Formula One calendar, the Singapore Grand Prix has become one of the undoubted highlights of the year.
And under the 1,500 floodlights that illuminate the Marina Bay Street Circuit, it has never ceased to provide entertainment, ensuring it is a major draw both up close and personal and on television.
But at a fraction under two hours long, and in 30 degree heat and 70 per cent humidity, it is an exacting test for the drivers, who can expect to lose up to three kilos of fluid during the race.
Here, Sportsmail provides you with all the other salient facts and figures prior to this weekend's race:
Gearing up: The Marina Bay circuit in Singapore hosts the only night race on the F1 calendar
MARINA BAY CIRCUIT GRAPHIC GUIDE
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Venue: Marina Bay Street Circuit
Circuit length: 5.073km/3.267 miles
Race distance: 309.316km/192.352miles
Lap record: 1min 45.599secs – Kimi Raikkonen (2008)
High hopes: Vettel is aiming for a third successive win in Singapore
2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 44.318secs
2011 winner: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
2011 fastest lap: Jenson Button (McLaren) 1min 48.454secs
Number of corners: 23 (14 left/9 right)
Tyre compounds to be used: soft/supersoft
Bumpiness: Very high
Overtaking chance: Low
Engine severity: Low
Brake wear severity: High
Average lap speed: 157kph (97.55mph)
Full throttle per lap: 46 per cent
Gear changes per lap: 80 (race = 4800)
2011 winning strategy: 3 stops (laps 14, 30, 49)
Total race pit stops: 67
Total 'normal' overtakes: 23
Total DRS overtakes: 21
Number of safety cars deployed since 2002: 6
McLaren have now won three successive races – Lewis Hamilton in Hungary and Italy, Jenson Button in Belgium.
The team last won four in a row in 2005 when Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya achieved six between them.
In claiming pole and the victory at Monza, Hamilton now has 23 poles and 20 wins to his name.
The Singapore GP has only ever been won by champions – Fernando Alonso in 2008 and 2010, Lewis Hamilton in 2009 and Sebastian Vettel last year.
Alonso has been on the podium three times in the four years of the running of the event.
With seven podiums to his name this season, one more will be the 81st of his career, moving him past Ayrton Senna into third on the all-time list.
The Singapore GP is the longest race of the year at close to two hours to complete the 61 laps.
As the only night race on the F1 calendar, to enable visibility, the 5.073km Marina Bay circuit is lit up by 1,500 halogen lamps, giving a luminosity of 3,000 lux – as bright as daylight.
The circuit is the second slowest of the year after Monaco, with an average speed of just 157kph, just under 100mph.
Approximately 46 per cent of the lap is taken at full throttle, compared with over 75 per cent at the last race in Monza.